Kurt Roy Douglass
July 5, 1952 – August 25, 2019
Kurt R. Douglass, 67 passed away suddenly at his home on August 25, 2019 while recovering from open heart surgery. He was born in Detroit on July 5, 1952 to Howard L. and Anita R. Douglass. Upon graduating from Redford High School he attended Lake Superior State University, Michigan State University and Northern Michigan College. His education culminated in a 35 year career as Senior Designer at Cone Drive from which he recently retired. In his spare time Kurt enjoyed building dry stack stone walls and creating intricate stone mosaic fireplaces. The meandering stone walls that grace the grounds of The Kingsley Club are his works of art. He was also an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed camping, hiking, hunting and fishing. A quiet man of integrity and a deeply devoted Christian, he volunteered with many church related programs including the Keryx Prison Ministry. He enjoyed an active lifestyle working out at various athletic clubs for more than thirty years. In 2008 he competed in the Grand Traverse Bodybuilding competition taking third place at the Grand Master Level. He also successfully completed the Bay Shore Marathon. Both of these were treasured bucket list ventures. Kurt was a devoted, loving husband to Kathy, his wife of five and a half years. He was deeply committed to his family and especially to his grandchildren. He will be sorely missed by his mother, Anita R. Douglass; his sons Matt (Jennifer) Douglass and their children Rhett and Wren; Adam (Jamie) Douglass and their sons Evan Douglass and Owen and Lucas Buning. In addition he leaves behind his wife’s sons Geoff (Alexis) Mlinarcik and daughter Mackenzie; JT (Cathy) Mlinarcik and their children Halle, Jon Grady, Ryder and Dillon; his siblings Robert (Karen) Douglass and Kathleen (Bill) Mansfield and special family member Stephanie Yodis. He was preceded in death by his father, Howard L. Douglass, his late wife, Colleen Douglass and his brother-in-law, Bill Mansfield. Friends and family are invited to visit Covell Funeral Home in Kingsley on Thursday, August 29th from 5-8 p.m. A second visitation will take place from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, August 30th at The Tabernacle in Buckley. The funeral service will begin immediately afterwards at 11 a.m. with a luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Kurt’s memory to The Tabernacle Church or to Kingsley Area Schools Athletic Boosters.
213 Wexford Ave., Buckley, Michigan 49620
Kingsley Athletic Boosters
c/o Kingsley High School 402 Fenton St , Kingsley, Michigan 49649
- Visitation Thursday, August 29, 2019
- Visitation Friday, August 30, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, August 30, 2019
Kurt Roy Douglass
August 28, 2019
I met Kurt in October 2014. We met at the new YMCA in Traverse City. I was lying on my stomach on the prone leg curl machine and I heard a voice off to my right say, “Ya know, people don’t appreciate how important it is to work your lower back.” Well, we started talking about ‘core’ exercises that day and we continued talking over the next 5 years.
Kurt and I worked out at the ‘Y’ most every weekday morning for the last 5 years. I have gotten used to starting my work day with 75 minutes of Kurt Douglass and I enjoyed every minute. Here is what I know: Kurt enjoyed life and he wouldn’t have changed a thing about his journey. He was principled, passionate, generous and predictable. A man of great Faith and a man of routine. He adored his family and spoke often of Kathy, Kathy’s family, his boys and their families. He loved spending time with his grand-children and was quick to share the latest happenings. He loved the outdoors. He loved being “in shape”. He loved building rock walls. He loved making people happy. He was sincerely interested in others and their lives. He was quick to assist others, regardless of what was going on in his life. He would do anything for his family and his friends. Anything.
I will miss Kurt tremendously. I will miss his good morning salute. I will miss his kind words and infectious smile. I will miss his stories. I will miss every one of our daily 75 minutes. But here is what I believe: Kurt is at peace and he is smiling down on us. He has already started on a new rock wall at the entrance to Heaven. He wants all of us to be at peace and to know his journey continues with Him.
August 26, 2019
Kurt and I met back in 1971, when we were dorm mates (and next year room mates) at Lake Superior State College in the Soo. Ever since then (for 48 years) we have been fishing together, hunting together, made maple syrup together, explored the woods together. I have attended both of his wedding ceremonies. I remember when his two sons were being born, who are now in their late 30's, have children of their own, and have grown into honorable manhood. I have stayed at his house many times, and he has stayed at our cottage. Always, throughout that nearlly half century, we have spoken every couple of weeks on the phone and shared our thoughts, plans, and concerns with each other. Even though we were 250 miles apart we were always close. Kurt was always interested in what I had t say: in fact, he was always interested in all people, no matter who they were or how they differed from him.
Kurt was better than a brother to me. The 48 years I knew him were a gift I treasure. I will never have such a good friend as him again. Farewell friend, safe journey.